Choosing Joy: A solo exhibit of work by Christine Casten
A presentation of painting, assemblage, photography and whimsy
August 9 - September 19, 2019

Artist's Statement

I have loved making art since I was a child.  While I haven't taken an art class since high school, I have always enjoyed visiting museums and galleries.  It was a chance encounter with The Austral Gallery (Australian Aboriginal Art) in 1988 that inspired me to explore pointillism as a way to express my creative side.  I developed my own style of dots, using chopsticks and acrylic paint, but life intervened and I didn't paint with any regularity until 2013.  Since then I have immersed myself in taking my work into other dimensions, like re-imagining thrift store finds as assemblage art.  I also use photography, markers and ink to share my vision.  My two life mentors who always encouraged me to pursue my art were Edward Boccia and John Wehmer.

 
Painting by Christine Casten
I have exhibited my work at Framations, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles Community College, St. Peters Cultural Art Center, Oak Leaf Artist Guild, Regional Arts Commission and the Soulard Art Gallery.  I was voted "Favorite Artist" at the 2017 and 2018 New Town Art and Wine Stroll.
 
"Choosing Joy" is the theme of my first solo show. I read a quote by David Steindl-Rast that I have found to be very true, "Joy; the kind of happiness that doesn't depend on what happens."  No matter what misfortune or heartache blindsided me, if I could keep my ember of joy glowing inside and find delight in simple things, I could make it through anything.
 
 
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